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Initialism of do it yourself.



DIY (usually uncountable, plural DIYs)

  1. Initialism of do it yourself.
    • 1990, David Cohen, Being a Man[1]:
      According to market research, many men list DIY as one of their main hobbies.



DIY (third-person singular simple present DIYs, present participle DIYing or DIY-ing, simple past and past participle DIYed)

  1. To perform oneself a task usually relegated to an expert.
    • 2007 [publication date], Maggie Bullock, "Home Improvement", Elle, January 2008 ed., page 108,
      Huber was a physicist. Even top Estée Lauder chemists who took over for Huber in 1995 found that... any attempt to cheat on his original formula produced disappointing results, which demands the question: If they couldn't DIY, can you?
    • 2022 March 21, Bill Chappell, “SWIFT, hedgehog, MiG: Here's a guide to the terms of war in Ukraine”, in SPECIAL SERIES: Ukraine invasion — explained[2], NPR, retrieved 2022-03-21:
      Ukrainian civilians have been DIY-ing hedgehogs, welding two bars or beams at an angle to make a cross and then adding a third to ensure it holds its shape even if it's knocked over.

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DIY (comparative more DIY, superlative most DIY)

  1. Do-it-yourself.
    Do you know where I could find a DIY pipe repair kit?
    • 2008, Sami Finne, Hanna Sivonen, chapter 4, in The Retail Value Chain: How to Gain Competitive Advantage through Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Strategies, page 154:
      The product knowledge of salespeople is very high, which enables them to serve the demanding customer groups such as professional painters and builders, in addition to the usual DIY consumers.
    • 2016, Michael Croland, Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk: Jews and Punk[3]:
      That is more DIY, more punk, anyway.
    • 2021 April 19, “Thai monk who beheaded himself with guillotine to reach nirvana may have been misguided: Buddhist authority”, in Coconuts Bangkok[4], Bangkok: Coconuts, retrieved 2021-04-20:
      A temple abbot who used a DIY guillotine to behead himself in hope of attaining enlightenment might have misinterpreted some things along the way, Thailand’s religious authorities said yesterday.





  • IPA(key): /deiˈje/, [de.iˈje]

Proper noun[edit]


  1. Initialism of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta.